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From a very young age, heather caston has been preparing to make her musical mark on the world. heather spent many years developing her voice while mastering various instruments such as the cello, clarinet, and finally picking up a guitar; which she hopes to master someday. Starting with talent shows and school choir, she moved on to singing with local bands, swiftly becoming a staple in Portlands music scene. In 2003, heather realized that the only way to expose her songs properly was to do so in solo form, expressing the true emotion that her songs evoke. In 2004, heather was appointed President of The Maine Songwriters Association (MSA); a Maine based organization whose purpose is to provide networking, performance/recognition opportunities and musical education seminars for its members. As President, heather added a number of events that have broadened the MSA as an organization. While assuming this important role, heather also spent much of 2004/2005 in the studio with Fraser Jones of Independent Audio; recording her debut record, "again". After 2 years of recording, the hard work finally paid off when Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering agreed to put his finishing touch on the record. The debut "again" was finally released in January of 2006. MSA member Bob McKillop recently reviewed the record (see full review below) and says, "The real star of this record is heather's voice; a many-layered, multi-textured, and sophisticated instrument that she plays with natural grace and practiced craft." heather and all that worked on the project certainly have something to be proud of. Recruiting friends and friends-of-friends to perform, engineer and even master the record, it was a very grassroots way of recording. Fellow singer/songwriter Glenn Torrico adds, "If you have a way to catch her show, make every attempt to do so. It is not an exaggeration to say that she is truly world class."
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Review Date: 5/13/2011
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This is such a beautiful cd. Take 3 great instrumentalists and add 2 wonderful vocalists and you end up with a classical bluegrass americana album that is going to stay in your cd player and your collection.

Review Date: 5/4/2011
Title: Body & Soul
Artist: Joe Jackson
Label: Ume Imports
Original Release Date: 1/1/1987
Date: 4/29/2011

One of his very best and should not be missed by anyone but especially his fans.

Review Date: 4/29/2011

This is the venerable Canadian band, Leslie Spit Treeo named after the embattled spur of land into Lake Ontario near Toronto. A great energetic romp with thoughtful lyrics.

Review Date: 10/30/2010

7 song ep:
1. Bullet with Butterfly Wings
2. ... Said Sadly
3. You're All I've Got Tonight
4.clones (We're All)
5. A Night Like This
6. Destination Unknown
7. Dreaming

Review Date: 1/13/2017

Cheapskates Vol. 2 Gospel & Religious:

Jury Duty 4:16 The O.C. Supertones
God-Man 3:16 Cadet
The Meaning Of It All 4:30 Plankeye
Earth To Heaven - Great And Mighty 4:28 Any Given Day
All That You Wanted 4:53 Hangnail
Prom Queen 3:40 Flight 180
Yesterday 3:37 Ace Troubleshooter
Parlor Inventor 4:28 Joy Electric
Will I? 3:58 Ill Harmonics
Deeper Than Oceans 3:31 Ultrabeat
Liteshine (Declaring War) 4:14 Hip Hop Praise
'Sponsible 3:45 Mg! The Visionary
Boogie Machine 3:43 The Company
Diamonds To Coal 3:44 Lost Dogs
Double Standard 3:45 Hangnail

Review Date: 1/17/2012

An incredible voice!

1. Joy to the World 2:18
2. O Christmas Tree 2:05
3 The Lord's Prayer 3:24
4 The First Noel 3:17
5 O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) 3:16
6 Away in a Manger (Luther's Cradle Hymn) 2:57
7 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing 2:40
8 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 2:30
9 We Three Kings of Orient Are 3:04
10 O Little Town of Bethlehem 2:47
11 Silent Night 3:28
12 Guardian Angels 4:00
13 I Saw Three Ships 1:39
14 O Holy Night 4:10

Review Date: 11/21/2015

This is a warm collection from radio shows with a bit of banter between songs that are either solos or duets. There is actually 13 songs on the cd including Deck the Halls, Away in a Manger, The Christmas Song and White Christmas. Great for nostalgia buffs.

Review Date: 12/9/2009

Wonderful compilation of some of biggest vocalists of the 40's. This is a great complement to the Cocktail Hour series.

Review Date: 5/1/2011
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1. Boyz to Men: I'll Make Love to You
2. Celine Dion: the Power of Love
3. Bruce Hornsby: Fields of Gray
4. SWV: Weak
5. Toni Braxton: Breathe Again
6. Meat Loaf: Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through
7. Richard Marx: Now and Forever
8. Jon Secada: If You Go
9. Kenny G: Sentimental
10. Tina Turner: I Don't Wanna Fight
11. Tom Petty: Wildflowers
12. Rod Stewart: Reason to Believe

Review Date: 4/24/2015

Overall an excellent introduction to Global Pacific's new age artists.
1. The Art of Bowing: Joaquin Lievano
2. Sexual Healing: Brian Melvin's Nightfood
3. Windsurfer: Teja Bell/Steven Kindler
4. Abi-Yo-Yo (The Best of All Worlds): Jordan DeLaSierra
5. Wayo: Doah
6. My Toby, My Friend: David Friesen
7. Sicilleinne: Georgia Kelly/Steven Kindler
8. Happiness: Bob Kindler
9. Carnival Rhumba: Tor Dietrichson
10. Bahama Mama: Brian Melvin's Nightfood
11. Secrets of the Mesa: Ben Tavera King
12. Joy: Paul Greaver
13. Parrot Talk: Joaquin Lievano
14. World Dance: Doah
15. Nimbu-Pani (The Lemon-Water Song): Jordan DeLaSierra

Review Date: 4/10/2013

Good collection of dance music with:
1. X-Press 2: London X-Press
2. Snap!: Do You See the Light
3. D-Stressed: Let Me Hear the Music
4. Bizarre Inc.: I'm Gonna Get You
5.FPI Project: Come On and Do It
6. 2 Unlimited: Tribal Dance
7. Atlantic Ocean: Waterfalls
8. Mount Rushmore: I've Got the Music
9. Oco2: Do What You Feel
10. The Glam: Hell's Party
11. Allison Price: I Need I Want
12. The Prodigy: Out of Space
13. Le Le/Sagat: Why is it (Funk Dat)

Review Date: 6/3/2013

1. Headmasters of Mine (featuring the Neighborhoods) 3:59
2. In Your Eyes (Live version) 4:57
3. Headmasters of Mine (Album version) 5:40

(Worth it for In Your Eyes alone)

Review Date: 11/9/2016

1. Salt-N-Pepa: You Showed Me
2. TLC: Baby-Baby-Baby
3. Tracie Simpson: this Time Make It Funky
4. Samantha Fox: Pants Stay On
5. Nenah Cherry: Buddy X
6. Divinyls: I Touch Myself
7. The Cover Girls: Wishing on a Star
8. Sybil: You're the Love of My Life
9. Michel'le: No More Lies
10. Nia Peeples: Street of Dreams

Review Date: 8/21/2014

Not Azam Ali and Gregg Ellis.

Review Date: 6/13/2017

Great voice, sparse instruments but well-used. Songs are reminiscent of Springsteen's Tom Joad.

Review Date: 9/18/2009
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15 Tracks including one each with Donnie, Jimmy, Merrill, her son Stephen and the Osmond Brothers as well as Paul Engemann. Produced by Marie, Jerry Williams and Karl Engemann this 2007 recording is a nice mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs which will be loved by fans of Donny and Marie.

Review Date: 11/22/2012

5:23 Wagner: Die Walküre--"Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond," "Du bist der Lenz" Eva Marton, soprano; Peter Hofmann, tenor; Zubin Mehta, New York Philharmonic CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Richard Wagner (1813-1883) 1986
3:57 Vivaldi: Flute Concerto In D, Op. 10/3, RV 428, "Il Gardellino" - 1. Allegro Jean-Pierre Rampal; Claudio Scimone: I Solisti Veneti CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Antonio Vivaldi 1986
3:27 Vivaldi: Concerto For 3 Violins in F--3rd Movement Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman, violins, New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) 1986
2:24 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D--3rd Movement Pinchas Zukerman-violin/Zubin Mehta-Israel Philharmonic CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) 1986
3:49 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6--3rd Movement Lorin Maazel: Cleveland Orchestra CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) 1986
5:12 Tchaikovsky: Symphony #2 In C Minor, Op. 17, "Little Russian" - 3. Scherzo: Allegro Molto Vivace Claudio Abbado: Chicago Symphony Orchestra CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1986
4:56 Symphone fantastique, Op. 14 / IV-March To The Scaffold Daniel Barenboim: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Hector Berlioz 1986
2:48 Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody--Variation No. 18 Cecile Licad; Claudio Abbado: Chicago Symphony Orchestra CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) 1986
3:28 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor--3rd Movement Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Michael Tilson Thomas, Philharmonia Orchestra CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Felix Mendelssohn 1986
4:15 Marcello: Oboe Concerto in C Minor (Arr. For Guitar)--3rd Movement John Williams, guitar; Kenneth Sillito, Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Alessandro Marcello (1669 - 1747) 1986
5:06 Mahler: Symphony No. 2--4th Movement Jessye Norman, soprano; Lorin Maazel, Wiener Philharmoniker CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) 1986
2:32 J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations--Variations Nos. 29 & 30 Glenn Gould CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 1986
4:28 Haydn: Trumpet Concerto In E Flat - 3. Allegro Wynton Marsalis; Raymond Leppard: National Philharmonic Orchestra CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Franz Joseph Haydn 1986
4:52 Glass: Einstein On The Beach--Knee Play 5 Philip Glass Ensemble CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Philip Glass (1937 - ) 1986
5:40 Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue--Excerpt Michael Tilson Thomas, piano; Michael Tilson Thomas, Los Angeles Philharmonic CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical George Gershwin (1898-1937) 1986
3:38 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G--3rd Movement Murray Perahia, Piano; Bernard Haitink: Concertgebouw Orchestra CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Ludwig Van Beethoven 1986
3:25 Bach: Cello Suite #3 In C, BWV 1009 - Bourrée 1 & 2 Yo-Yo Ma CBS Masterworks Digital Sampler Classical Johann Sebastian Bach 1986

Review Date: 2/6/2015
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Great laid-back jazz for the evening. This is something that could have been put out for the Starbucks crowd with some great artists:

1. The Alec and John Dankworth Generation Band: Down to Earth
2. Arturo Sandoval/Chucho Valdes Quartet: Blues 88
3. Tim Whitehead Quartet: Southend
4. Marion Montgomery: I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
5. Perico Sambeat Quartet: Body
6. Ron Ayers: Rapped up in Your Love
7. Chico Freeman Quintet: Infant Eyes
8. Carol Grimes: Life is Dangerous
9. The Reykjavik Jazz Quartet with Guy Barker: Flight 622
10. Irakere: El Guao

Review Date: 3/23/2011

Theses guys didn't take themselves too seriously but they wrote music that was fun, singable and memorable. One of their best and highly recommended.

Review Date: 4/30/2011


Track Duration
1 Céline Dion - If You Asked Me To 3:54
2 Gloria Estefan - Here We Are 4:39
3 Luther Vandross - Here And Now 5:23
4 Shawn Colvin - Every Little Thing (He) Does Is Magic 3:15
5 Sade - Your Love Is King 3:39
6 The Philosopher Kings - Charms 4:44
7 Burton Cummings - I Will Play A Rhapsody 3:13
8 Donovan - Wear Your Love Like Heaven 2:23
9 Art Garfunkel - All I Know 3:43
10 Neil Diamond - Hello Again 4:01
11 Mike Reno and Ann Wilson - Almost Paradise...Love Theme From Footloose 3:51
12 Cyndi Lauper - True Colors 4:09
13 Paul Carrack - I Need You 2:48
14 James Taylor - Your Smiling Face 2:46
15 Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down 4:04
16 Babyface - You Make Me Feel Brand New 5:03
17 Earth, Wind & Fire - Reasons 4:59
18 Leonard Cohen - Ain't No Cure for Love

Review Date: 10/9/2014

Vince Gill at his finest. This is "The Country and Western Record" of his 4 cd box set; "These Days" with 10 cuts and wonderful guests. Patty Loveless, alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Emmylou Harris, Phil Everly, Lee Ann Womack and John Anderson all join on different cuts. I just wish it was longer than 10 cuts.

Review Date: 6/7/2013
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1:40 Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Hollyl Doris Day Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1959
2:19 Jolly Old St. Nicholas Eddy Arnold Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1962
2:54 O Come, All Ye Faithful Eddie Fisher Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1952
2:34 Joy To The World Vic Damone Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1966
2:30 Angels We Have Heard On High Andy Williams Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1974
2:01 We Wish You A Merry Christmas Patti Page Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1965
3:05 O Little Town Of Bethlehem Frank Sinatra Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1948
7:45 The First Noel/Silent Night/O Holy Night Kate Smith Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1966
3:01 Sleigh Ride Boston Pops Orchestra Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1959
2:19 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Bing Crosby Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1945
2:04 Up On The Housetop Eddy Arnold Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1962
2:46 Away In A Manger Engelbert Humperdinck Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1980
4:23 Ave Maria Perry Como Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1959
2:37 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Vikki Carr Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1971
3:00 Jingle Bells Perry Como Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1959
2:14 We Three Kings Of Orient Are José Feliciano Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1970
4:02 The Twelve Days Of Christmas Perry Como Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1953
2:38 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Andy Williams Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1974
3:39 O Holy Night Bobby Vinton Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1963
4:26 Silent Night, Holy Night Mahalia Jackson Stars of Christmas Holiday Various 1955

Review Date: 2/6/2015

A good representation of great alternative artists circa 1998:

1. The Uninvited: What god Said
2. Kid Rock: I Am the Bull God
3. Suggs: I Am
4. Seven Mary Three: Over Your Shoulder
5. Tori Amos: Jackie's Strength
6. Dimitri From Paris: Une Very Stylish Fille
7. Atheneum: Flat Tire (The Truth)
8. Big Wreck: Blown Wide Open
9. Lili Haydn: Stranger
10. Chris Stills: Last Stop
11. Kacy Crowley: Rebellious
12. David Garza: Discoball World
13. CIV: Secondhand Superstar
14.. Bad Religion: Raise Your Voice
15. matchbox 20: Back 2 Good

Review Date: 7/10/2013

Read By KellyMcGillis - Music By Mark Isham - Windham Hill Records - Thumbelina : Narration And Music 28:20 Minutes / Thumbelina Suite : Music Only 19:30 Minutes

Review Date: 8/2/2012
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Disc one:
1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing: Nat King Cole
2. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!: Dean Martin
3. Do You Hear What I hear?: Bing Crosby
4. The Christmas Song: Nt King Cole
5. Little Saint Nick: The Beach Boys
6. The Chipmunk Song: The Chipmunks
7. Merry Christmas Baby: Charles Brown
8. White Christmas: Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters
9. Santa Baby: Eartha Kitt
10. It;s Not the Presents Under My Tree: eva Cassidy
11. I Believe in Father Chrstmas: Greg Lake
12. Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy: David Bowie and Bing Crosby

Disc two:
1. A Holly Jolly Christmas: Burl Ives
2. Frosty the Snowman: Gene Autry
3. Christmas is a Feeling in Your Heart: Andy Williams
4. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Perry Como and the Fontaine Sisters
5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Judy Garland
6. This Time of the Year: Brook Benton
7. Christmas Auld Lang Syne: Bobby Darin
8. Feliz Navidad: Jose Feliciano
9. Jingle Bell Rock: Bobby Helms
10. Silver Bells: Earl Grant
11. I'll Be Home for Christmas: Bing Crosby
12. Silent Night: Dinah Washington

Review Date: 1/13/2011

"Caitlin Nicol-Thomas is an original singer/songwriter/violinist with a fresh writing style rooted in the values of the Midwest and blended with the progressive ideals of the Northeast. Her alternative, folky blues sound is accented by her refreshing vocal style that is both strong and achingly vulnerable."
--ReverbNation.com

Review Date: 6/26/2010
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Review by James Christopher Monger
"40 Day Dream," the Motown-infused, OutKast-inspired, heavily orchestrated "Beatlesque" soul jam that opens Up from Below, serves as a pretty good litmus test for what follows. Listeners who are put off by the robe-wearing Polyphonic Spree's cultish glazed-eye self-help anthems or cringe when they hear the Mamas & the Papas' "Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon" would be advised to get off the magic bus early, as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros have crafted a love letter to Laurel Canyon and all of its quasi-mystic juju that is as infuriatingly contrived and retro as it is forward-thinking and majestic. Formed in 2007 by Ima Robot frontman Alex Ebert, the mammoth 11-piece outfit embraces "the Summer of Love" with enough period beards, fonts, and Eastern mysticism to launch a thousand "Magical Mystery Tours," but despite all of the analog equipment and peacenik grandstanding, standout tracks like "Home," "Desert Song," and the aforementioned "40 Day Dream" sweep you up in their grandeur like a patchouli tornado and dare you to take your clothes off and jump in the lake with them.

Review Date: 4/8/2011

Koorong Music Manager's View:Queenslanders Alabaster Box are coming home after a lengthy spell of recording and touring in the USA, where they've made a big impact. This brand new album has a bigger and better sound and far more powerful lyrics than any of their previous albums. Be sure to support this great Aussie band.


The wait is over! Alabaster Box is coming home with a new album fresh from the USA. Originating in Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1999, Alabaster Box soon established themselves as Australia’s premier Christian music band with a string of number one radio singles and packed shows. Since moving to Nashville in 2006, the band has played hundreds of shows across the USA including performances with Newsboys, Michael W Smith, Rebecca St James and Barlow Girl. Alabaster Box is hitting the Easterfest (AGMF) mainstage this year before a national tour with the Newsboys. “We will not be Silent” heralds a new sound for the band. As Alabaster Box’s lead singer says, “It’s bigger, better, and has a more powerful message than anything we’ve ever done”. This is a must buy; get your copy today whilst stocks last at this special price!
- Band Publicity

Review Date: 11/19/2010
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Track Listing:
1. Mairzy Doats: The Merry Macs
2. Chanson D'Amour: Art and Dotty Todd
3. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer The Song Spinners
4. Diane: The Bachelors
5. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: The Platters
6. Marianne: Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders
7. Cindy, Oh Cindy: Vince Martin and the Tarriers
8. I Love How You Love Me: The Paris Sisters
9. Standing on the Corner: The Four Lads
10. Sugartime: The McGuire Sisters
11. Love Me with All Your Heart (Cuando Caliente del Sol) Ray Charles Singers
12. The Yellow Rose of Texas: Mitch Miller

Review Date: 3/15/2011

"BAcksliders as last year’s Dallas Observer Music Awards winner in the Blues category. In spite of some blues influence in their songs, one would be hard pressed to call THe BAcksliders a true blues band. With the release of You’re Welcome, it would be near impossible to regard them as blues artists.

Now that it has been established what THe BAcksliders are not, let us know state what the band is. The answer to that is quite simple: THe BAcksliders are quite possibly the best, most straight forward rock band in this town. If you’re looking for alt-rock, post-modern-rock, post-psychedelic-screamo-soul-rock, or any other overly hyphenated forms of rock, then this CD isn’t for you. There are no clever gimmicks on You’re Welcome, unless if you count great songwriting and exceptional musicianship “gimmicks”.

The album is filled with plenty of rockin’ ear candy. Songs like “Typically I Don’t Mind”, “Fat Girls”, and “Wedding Day” feature straight forward melodies that will most likely stay stuck in your head for days, if not weeks or months, on end. The songs are only half the story on You’re Welcome. It helps to have a lead singer with a soulful, passionate voice like Kim Pendleton. Whether the song is raucous and energetic (“Fat Girls”) or slow and introspective (“Pass on All Your Fears”), she manages to capture the essence of the song through her voice. Chris Bonner’s skills on guitar manage to inject plenty of life into every song. Last, but certainly not least, Taylor Young’s handy work behind the drum kit show why he is one of Dallas’ greatest treasures on percussion.

So while the blues influence may be much harder to find on their latest effort, you’ll be thanking the band for making an even stronger follow up to their debut album. So follow my advice, buy You’re Welcome, and you’re welcome for the advice. Trust me, you’ll be thanking me later."

Ghost of Blind Lemon
Keeping the Spirit of DFW Music Alive

Review Date: 5/28/2011

Experimental jazz with some progressive indie-rock influences. Zs is a sextet built around a Brooklyn based trio of saxophones, guitars and drums. Very interesting as they try to stay away from what would be expected from the above.
Tracks included are:
1. Retrace a Walk (6:32)
2. Slalom (8:06)
3. Olympics (1:43)
4. Mimesis (15:04)
5. Zs (7:11)

Review Date: 3/23/2011
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